MMS: STEAM Camp

Overview
Program Element / Activity Title:
MMS: STEAM Camp
E/PO Project Name:
Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) Mission
Contact Information:
Code 672
NASA GSFC
Greenbelt, MD 20771
Program Element / Activity Partners within NASA:
MMS
Short Description:

STEAM Camp - Dublin ISD piloted the MMS Challenge during the summer STEAM camp of 2012 and hosted a NASA national student summit in April of 2012 to help generate excitement about NASA’s MMS mission. Student experiences included hosting a digital art, physics, and robotics exhibition. Although Dublin ISD is a small and rural school, the impact of DISD STEAM camp led to an after school robotics program during the fall of 2012. The NASA MMS Challenge was piloted in Dublin ISD during the spring of 2012 and during Dublin ISD’s STEAM 2012 camp. The program was featured at ASCD 2012 fall conference, ISTE 2012, TCEA 2013, and was showcased at SITE 2013 and ISTE 2013. This program provides Dublin ISD and NASA the opportunity to extend on the previous experiences to focus on solar renewable energy and to pilot a fabrication unit to build academic vocabulary relating to renewable energies, solar weather, and magnetic space topics. The objective is to increase students’ interest in the MMS mission and science. The evaluation was the spinoff programs offered by the district as a strong indicator of student interest.

Program Element / Activity Status
Audience Metrics
Who is the primary audience of your program element / activity?:
Evaluation
National Priorities and Coordination Approaches as Articulated in CoSTEM:
  • Improve STEM Instruction
  • Increase and Sustain Youth and Public Engagement in STEM
  • Better Serve Groups Historically Under-represented in STEM Fields
  • Contribute to the conversation about building new models for leveraging SMD assets and expertise and achieving the most significant impact of STEM education investments.
  • Build and use evidence-based approaches
What are the goals and objectives of your program element / activity?:
The objective is to increase students’ interest in the MMS mission and science. The evaluation was the spinoff programs offered by the district as a strong indicator of student interest.
What is the design of the evaluation process for your program element / activity?:
Students showed gains in knowledge on most questions; Teachers report high student interest
What are the main impacts of your effort to date and how do they correlate to the project's goals and objectives:
Students showed gains in knowledge on most questions; Teachers report high student interest
Have your evaluation findings / impacts been published? If so, where?:
Yes